Don't Get Taken for a Ride
With supply chain issues and reduced new car availability, consumers are now paying about 43 percent more than they would have been for a used car. According to CoPilot, a car shopping app, it's costing an average of $10,046 extra to buy a used vehicle these days, with the total average price tag being approximately a whopping $33,341. So how do you avoid paying even more than that if you need a car? Plenty of car dealers are honest and operate with integrity. Others see a big fat bullseye on your back the second you enter. Dealers negotiate vehicle deals every single day, but you've done it once or twice — or maybe never. Face it, they're probably better at negotiating than you (though there's good reason to do it all the time). But if you know what to watch out for, you can avoid the most common pitfalls when buying a car.